“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

The middle of July brought about our first trip of any distance. We drove the 2-1/4 hours from Raleigh to New Bern to follow the river that is dear to us. This trip came about when we were chatting with one of our neighbors. Every summer they spend a long weekend at the KOA in New Bern. We decided to go at the same time.

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We arrived on a Thursday afternoon. The power and water sites were on the edge of the woods across from the full hookup sites. We were guided to site 25 by the KOA host. The site is the last in a row of five and only about 150 feet from a bathhouse. We spent the next hour or so getting settled in. Since we lost our bag awning on our first trip out we brought along the canopy that I used to use when I did the Wake Forest Farmer’s Market many years ago. Once settled in, we explored the campground, checked out the dock and took the kids swimming. The campground also has two stocked fishing ponds but we had failed to bring any gear. We decided to go out to dinner and to Walmart to pick up the basics so the kids could fish. once we returned to the camper the kids, of course, immediately wanted to go fishing. So that is what we did until it was time to get ready for bed.

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Friday morning we slept in. My dad and stepmom were coming to the campground to see the camper since they had not seen it yet. They arrived a few minutes after 11 am and checked things out. We then followed them into New Bern for lunch. We ate at The Chelsea Restaurant in downtown. If you get the opportunity to try we highly recommend it. Following lunch we spent a couple of hours checking out the old hardware store, the birthplace of Pepsi and other shops. I’ve been driving through New Bern regularly for 20+ years and never stopped to visit. We will be going back.

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We arrived back at the camp to find that our friends still had not arrived for the weekend. It was back to the pool. That evening our friends arrived and the kids all harassed the campground together. T and I relaxed. We cooked burgers over the open fire and then did the s’mores thing with our friends.

Saturday, our last day due to teacher work week starting on Monday. T got up early and went to pick blueberries across the road from the campground. I started cleaning up the campsite and the kids stormed the campground again. They played giant chess, swung on the swings and fished more. A good time was had by all. When T returned we packed up, said farewell to our friends and headed home.